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Delivering first-class legal advice is about understanding the needs of our clients to protect and preserve their wealth – not just for today, but for generations to come. We understand this because Private Client legal services have always been at the heart of our business.
Our expert Private Client lawyers provide advice on all aspects of wealth planning to a range of clients, including individuals, trustees, family offices and private banks. Our clients are both domestic and international. We have a strong reputation in the US, Asia and other global wealth centres.
We have the flexibility to work either with our clients’ existing advisors in other jurisdictions, or to choose the best international private client lawyers from our own extensive overseas network. We frequently act as a single point of contact for our international clients, and have the reach and expertise to coordinate advice from different jurisdictions.
Our partner-led approach, combined with our ability to find practical solutions is what matters to clients. Our advice is tailored to meet our clients’ objectives – that might be tax efficiency, asset protection or succession planning.
We make sure that we have a close involvement with leading professional bodies and tax working groups to ensure that we are always abreast of the latest developments in the law. In addition, we maintain the traditional values of discretion, quality and approachability which have enabled us to become trusted advisors.
From growing a business to starting a family or handing over control of that business to the next generation, every individual has their own goals to aspire to. Our Private Wealth lawyers advise our clients throughout this family life cycle, providing the legal advice required for specific transactions such as purchasing a home or selling a business, whilst also advising on the long-term opportunities for succession and estate planning.
In Lexology Getting the Deal Through's Private Client 2021 guide, Forsters' Private Wealth team have outlined the important estate planning issues that international clients need to consider if they wish to invest in or come to the UK.
As we move towards a period of post-lockdown global recovery, many wealthy individuals and families will be looking at how they can use their wealth to contribute to a more sustainable future for the benefit of their own families and others.
The Government has announced that it will introduce a temporary change in the law to allow wills to be witnessed using video technology during the coronavirus pandemic. It is set to come into force in September, but will apply retrospectively to wills executed from 31 January 2020.
Like all businesses, rural estates and property owners are suffering from the coronavirus-induced economic slowdown. They should, therefore, continue to make the most of the economic support available from the government. We have written about relevant measures introduced by the government in the past few months, including the furlough scheme, and set out the details here of further schemes announced in the government’s summer economic statement:
A practical checklist for the post-Covid world. The Covid-19 pandemic has had two major implications for family governance structures.
Given the numerous obligations and liabilities heaped upon trustees, many will be wondering what they should be doing during this Covid-19 crisis whilst it is not business as usual.